Everton are chasing Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback.

The People says Everton are ready to hijack Newcastle United's move for Sunderland's out-of-contract midfielder Colback.

Roberto Martinez knows he has to increase the size of his squad with ­qualification for European football almost secured, ­despite yesterday's defeat.

And Colback, available on a free, could fill the gap if Blues midfielder Gareth Barry, on-loan from Manchester City, moves on this summer.